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Aquamation

An Environmentally Friendly
Alternative to Fire Cremation

Gentle with your pet, gentle with the environement

Aftercare

Because we handle the aftercare of your pet ourselves they never leave our hands, no "third parties" involved.

 

We are proud to offer a gentler, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional flame cremation. Aquamation (also called water-based cremation, alkaline hydrolysis, bio-cremation or green cremation) is an old form of body care that is recently re-emerging, as it is gentler to the environment. 

With fire cremation, fossil fuels are used to create an intense heat to reduce the remains to ash. As a result, there is a large carbon footprint and air emissions (carbon and mercury). 


With typical burial, bodies that are buried in the earth are degraded by alkaline hydrolysis, expedited by the soil bacteria – a very slow process that can take roughly 25 years. Aquamation uses alkaline hydrolysis to accelerate natural decomposition. A combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and minerals are used to decompose all organic material, including any medicines or pathogens present. Similar to fire cremation, the only solid remains are the mineral ash of the bones (usually 20% more than with fire - the process is much gentler). The ash is typically lighter in color because there is no carbon discoloration from flames. Because the bone and ash needs to go through drying time, a little more time is needed before ashes can be returned to families. Aquamation is currently approved for use in multiple states to process human remains and many veterinary schools have used the technology for decades. 

The aquamation process does take longer than cremation. Cremation can be completed in a matter of several hours, start to finish. With aquamation, the process itself takes around 18-20 hours, and the 

Benefits of water-based cremation:

  •     Gentle & respectful process

  •     Zero emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and mercury

  •     1/10 the carbon footprint and about 85% less energy used compared to fire cremation

  •     20% more ashes returned compared to fire cremation

  •     The resulting liquid is nutrient rich, and can be used as a great fertilizer, further helping to reduce the carbon footprint

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